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The opening song of Vincent Delerm's third album, Les Piqûres d'Araignée, will come as a shock to admirers of his sly, playful first two albums. Organ, pianet, bongos, and whistling create a shuffling backdrop for what is an unmistakably peppy song. This is the sound of a full band, for an album with big production values: Delerm has swapped his trademark piano ditties for something more fleshed-out and adventurous. The first song retains Delerm's knack for a lyric, as his casually beautiful ode to his lover compares her favorably to beauty pageant queens. The influence of producer Peter von Poehl is keenly felt in Delerm's new pop direction. These songs perfectly showcase the light touches that graced his first two releases.


Born: 31 August 1976 in Evreux, France

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The music of French chanson Vincent Delerm channeled the sophisticated, archly literary pop tradition first popularized by American songwriters like Randy Newman and Paul Simon. No surprise, given that he is the child of acclaimed novelist Philippe and children's writer/illustrator Martine Delerm. Born August 31, 1976, in Evreux, Vincent was raised on the romantic, melancholy pop of French icons Alain Souchon and Françoise Hardy. As a teen, he embraced British post-punk icons the Cure and Joy Division,...
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